Poly Mail                                                                                             November 2017

Volunteers NEEDED!
The Poly Science Department will be hosting their sixth annual Fall STEM Competition on Monday, November 20, 2017. They are in need of approximately 16 volunteers who can serve as judges at each of the competition tasks throughout the day. Judges will make an impact on more than 100 Poly students that are expressing an interest in STEM. Judges are encouraged to arrive at around 7:45/8:00 AM for coffee and donuts before the competition starts at 8:30 am. Judging will run through 1:30pm, followed by lunch, which will be provided. Many alumni have enjoyed the experience of volunteering for this event in the past and we hope you will consider serving as a judge again! Please email Poly physics teacher James Rittner at JRittner@bcps.k12.md.us as soon as possible if you are able to join us and if you have any questions.

Alumni Directory Project Underway
Keeping Poly alumni connected is the utmost importance to us, as we know our Poly family network is strong, vast, & invaluable. Therefore, we have hired a company to update and publish a new alumni directory. The company is PCI and they will be mailing postcards and making phone calls over the next few months asking alumni to update their personal data for the directory. Please rest assured the information gathered will only be used to create the updated alumni directory and will not be shared or sold to any 3rd party solicitors. Once all data is compiled, the directory will be available for all alumni to purchase. Contact the BPI Foundation at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659 if you have any questions about this project and we look forward to your participation! Go Poly!

Support Poly on #GivingTuesday
YOU can help build STEM Programs at Poly on Tuesday, November 28, the National Day of Giving. Your gift of $50, $150, $250 or more helps to grow our impressive Aquaponics Lab, helps to build more simulations for our Virtual Reality Lab, places more Poly students into meaningful internship programs, and helps the school purchase state of the art equipment and training for Poly students. Your special #GivingTuesday donation of $25, $50, $150 or more allows BPI Foundation to continue to provide critical funds to Poly that help keep Poly great! On November 28th you can make your gift online at www.bpi.edu/give and choose "Giving Tuesday" as your designation. So, gear up to donate....and be on the lookout for the official #GivingTuesday email on November 28th!  

New English Teacher Spotlight: Sameera Mukhtar 
September 5th was a new beginning of sorts for Ms. Sameera Mukhtar. After several years working within the educational arena as support staff, Ms. Mukhtar began teaching English three years ago at Baltimore City College. After two years of teaching at City, she now teaches English in our English Department headed by Ms. Karen White. Ms. Mukhtar is originally from India and spent part of her younger years in the Middle East. She earned her degree and teaching certificate from UMBC. Married with three children, one in elementary school in the city, one in school in Columbia, Maryland and one in College at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ms. Mukhtar finds herself involved in all levels of education. In addition to teaching and working with her students here at Poly, Ms. Mukhtar enjoys being in the great outdoors, reading and the theatre. She shares her experiences in these areas with her students on a daily basis helping them to see the value of education from her vast experiences in travel. Congratulations on your move to Polytechnic and we wish you much success in the coming years.

BPI Arts Update
  • Artist lecture series in the new BPI Gallery
    The Poly art and history departments have collaborated to launch a new artist talk series at Poly in the new Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Gallery! Each month a different professional artist will have a show in the gallery and will give an artist talk to students in attendance. This has become an exciting piece of the curriculum for the visual arts program here at Poly. Mr. Headley and Mr. Gregg from the history department have integrated these talks into their curriculum, creating an amazing partnership between our art department and our history departments!
  • One of our students, Kailah Foreman, a senior in the AP art program here at Poly, will have her self portrait titled "unknown to the self" on display at the Walters Art Museum for the Maryland art education association exhibition. The reception will be on Saturday, November 18 at the Walters Art Museum at 12:00. There will be an awards presentation at 12:30, and a reception at 1:30! 
  • Finally, the art department is partnering with the Social Justice Sewing Academy, an organization based out of California and working with Harvard to create social justice quilts. A guest artist from Boston flew in a few weeks ago to work with our students and teach them quilt making techniques. 180 poly students each designed and made a 15 x 15" quilt block highlighting is social justice issue that they are passionate about. These blocks will be combined to make four 56' x 56' quilts that will go on display nationally. They will be displayed at the African-American Museum in DC and travel across the country ending in the Oakland Museum of Fine Art! We are also working on getting a book published, highlighting the quilts made by our Poly scholars. This incredible opportunity to empower our student's voices was made possible by the BPI foundation and alumni from the Class of 1963. Many thanks!


2017 Alumni Dinner Tickets on Sale Through Sunday
The 130th Annual Poly Alumni Dinner Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Martin's West. Business to be conducted at the meeting includes the nomination of the following directors to serve a two year term beginning Jan 01, 2018 thru Dec. 31, 2019: John L. Crew '83, Alicia Howard '00, and Richard Roth '55. Tickets for this great event can be purchased online here through Sunday, November 19, 2017 at midnight - so hurry and purchase yours today! 
Fall 2017 Alumni Newsletter Now Available
Keep an eye on your mailbox for the Fall 2017 Poly Parrot Newsletter! Can't wait for a sneak peak? Check it out here! Enjoy!
In Memorium
The Poly family is saddened to learn of the passing of the following community members:
  • William Schwirian '57
  • Albert P. Hildebrandt '41
Support the BPIAA through Annual Dues
For just $30 per year or a $200 one-time, lifetime dues payment, you can support the efforts of the BPI Alumni Association! Annual or life memberships are now available, and please note that the Board of Directors has voted to end the partial life payment program. Members participating in this program are being asked to send in the remainder of their payments and become Life Members. Your generous contributions allow the BPIAA to continue the programs and scholarships for the students of Poly. To pay your dues today go to www.bpi.edu/alumnidues . As always, thank you for your support!
Reunion Calendar
Check out a list of upcoming reunions for all of the latest information! If you have updated reunion information, or need to add your class reunion to the list, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659. Need help planning your class reunion? Check out the new BPI Reunion Planning Guide! Upcoming reunions include:
  • Class of 1969: It's not too late to start planning for our 50th Class Reunion, a mere 18 months or so away. I am interested in starting the plans for that celebration. If you're interested in getting that ball rolling, email me and we'll huddle on ideas.
    Contact: Jim Lamm '69 at jlspacerox@aol.com.  
  • Class of 2008: 10th Reunion tentative plans are for an evening event on Saturday November 10, 2018, same day as the Poly/City game. More information to follow. Contacts: Elisha (Clayton) Urquhart,  TyKera Marrow, Tavon Hannah.  
  • '71 Varsity Lacrosse Reunion: Members of the '71 Varsity Lacrosse team are looking for other members for a get together! If you were a member of this team, please contact Ken Lackey at Klackey534@aol.com! Also, a number of the '69, '70, '71 Varsity Lacrosse Team will be at the alumni dinner Nov. 21st, hope to see you there!
  • Class of 1999: The Class of 1999 is planning their 20th reunion! Date and venue TBD - please offer your input on the Facebook page or contact Kezia Black 443-653-0767, Charne Owens 410-336-4505, or Onida Haskett 862-203-0221
  • Class of 2009 Plans for the Class of 2009's 10 Year Reunion are underway! For more information, please contact the committee lead, Erin Wilson erin.wilson710@gmail.com 
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